The Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture was held from June 28 to July 11, 2014, in Port Moresby, Alotau, Kokopo, Mt Hagen and Wewak, Papua New Guinea. This was the 5th festival, and the theme was: Celebrating Cultural Diversity among five the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) of countries: Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea.
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The 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture highlighted the importance of cultural diversity in the Melanesian sub-region of the Pacific. It brought together Melanesian traditional and contemporary artists to share their arts and culture. These included traditional and contemporary dance, singsings, music, fine arts, literary arts, theatre arts, culinary arts, fashion design, textiles, and traditional games.
The festival is held every four years.
Melanesian carving, Solomon Islands
Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed.
The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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